Patents by Inventor Gianni DI DOMENICO

Gianni DI DOMENICO has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20240201629
    Abstract: A balance-spring, in particular for a horological resonator mechanism, the balance-spring including a flexible strip coiled on itself into several coils, the strip having a predefined flexibility, the balance-spring including a device for adjusting its flexibility, the adjustment device including an elastic element in direct contact with the strip, the elastic element preferably having a flexibility less than that of the strip, the adjustment device including a prestressing device to apply a variable force or torque to the elastic element, so as to vary the flexibility of the elastic element, the elastic element and the strip being separate and assembled with each other. An horological resonator mechanism including such a balance-spring is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2023
    Publication date: June 20, 2024
    Applicant: Omega SA
    Inventors: Pierre CUSIN, Gianni DI DOMENICO
  • Publication number: 20240192641
    Abstract: A horological component including a first part having a body provided with a first and a second cavity, the second cavity receiving a second part by engagement therewith, the first and second cavities being connected to each other by a capillary channel configured to allow the capillary flow of an adhesive from the first cavity to the second.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2023
    Publication date: June 13, 2024
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni DI DOMENICO, Dominique LECHOT, Pierre CUSIN, Alex GANDELHMAN, Nicolas LIVAT
  • Patent number: 11934150
    Abstract: A horological movement includes a resonator and an escapement wheel with flexible teeth, and an anchor formed of two mechanical pallets capable of abutting, when the anchor switches between its two rest positions, with any one of the flexible teeth depending on the angular position of the escapement wheel. Each flexible tooth is arranged to bend by undergoing an elastic deformation under a radial force that can be exerted by one of the two mechanical pallets abutting against this flexible tooth while the escapement wheel has an unfavourable angular position and the resonator is braked by the anchor. Each tooth has an elastic capacity to elastically absorb, in a radial direction, most of a maximum mechanical energy that the mechanical resonator may have during normal operation of the horological movement, to avoid breakage or deterioration of the escapement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni Di Domenico, Gérard Surmely, Marc Stranczl
  • Patent number: 11927917
    Abstract: The horological movement includes a mechanical resonator and an escapement including an escapement wheel, which has a plurality of teeth, and an anchor formed by a stick and two arms having respectively two mechanical pallets likely to come into contact, when the anchor is subject to an alternative movement, with any of the teeth according to the angular position of the escapement wheel. To avoid damage to the escapement during rocking of the anchor while the escapement wheel is positioned in an unfavourable angular position, the anchor is arranged, during the rocking of this anchor, to be able to bend being subjected to an elastic deformation. The anchor has an elastic capacity between each of the two mechanical pallets and a fork of the anchor, enabling it to absorb elastically, during the elastic deformation, a maximum mechanical energy that the mechanical resonator can have during the normal functioning of the horological movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni Di Domenico, Dominique Lechot, Marc Stranczl, Benoît Légeret
  • Publication number: 20240061377
    Abstract: A regulating member for a horological movement includes an oscillating weight, for example a balance, a balance spring including a flexible strip wound about itself in a plurality of turns, the strip having a predefined rigidity to allow the oscillating weight to undergo a rotary oscillatory motion, and the strip including an outer end of the strip. The regulating member includes a resilient device for compensating for external pressure, connecting the outer end to a first support that is immobile with respect to the horological movement, the resilient compensation device being configured to adapt its stiffness according to the external pressure in order to compensate for an effect of the external pressure on the regulating member. Additionally, the horological movement includes the regulating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2023
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni DI DOMENICO, Baptiste HINAUX, Mohammad Hussein KAHROBAIYAN, Jean-Luc HELFER, Pascal WINKLER
  • Patent number: 11886146
    Abstract: A horological movement includes an escapement with a magnetic system to generate magnetic force impulses, so as to sustain the oscillation of the mechanical resonator associated with the escapement. In order to make possible an effective self-starting of the assembly formed of the mechanical resonator and of the escapement during a winding of the barrel, after a stop of the horological movement due to the unwound barrel spring, the escape wheel includes teeth and the pallet assembly includes two mechanical pallet-stones arranged to receive, upon starting, at least one mechanical force impulse of the escape wheel via one of the teeth thereof, the mechanical force impulse generating a starting force torque on the pallet assembly that is transmitted to the balance of the mechanical resonator to begin an oscillation of the latter so that the assembly can operate normally after a starting phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni Di Domenico, Dominique Lechot, Marc Stranczl, Benoît Légeret
  • Publication number: 20240027965
    Abstract: A regulating member (10) for a horological movement including a balance, a balance spring including a flexible strip (2) coiled on itself in several turns, the strip (2) having a predefined rigidity to enable the balance to perform a rotary oscillatory movement, the strip including an outer end (9). The regulating member (10) includes a resilient device for compensating the direction of gravity with respect to the regulating member (10), the resilient device adapting its stiffness according to gravity to compensate for the effect of gravity on the regulating member, the resilient device including a resilient element (5) connecting the outer end (9) to a first non-movable support (7) with respect to the horological movement, as well as prestressing means (6) for applying a variable force or torque on the resilient element (5) according to the direction of gravity with respect to the regulating member (10).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: THE SWATCH GROUP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LTD
    Inventors: Gianni DI DOMENICO, Baptiste HINAUX, Mohammad Hussein KAHROBAIYAN, Jean-Luc HELFER, Pascal WINKLER
  • Publication number: 20240027964
    Abstract: A regulating member for a horological movement including an oscillating mass, for example a balance, a flexible guide including at least two flexible blades connecting a rigid support to the oscillating mass to enable the oscillating mass to make a rotary movement about a virtual pivot, the regulating member including an elastic device for compensating for the external pressure, the elastic compensation device being arranged in series with the rigid support, so as to connect the rigid support to means for securing the regulating member to the horological movement, the elastic compensation device being configured to adapt its stiffness according to the external pressure in order to compensate for the effect of external pressure on the regulating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni DI DOMENICO, Baptiste HINAUX, Mohammad Hussein KAHROBAIYAN, Jean-Luc HELFER, Pascal WINKLER
  • Publication number: 20240027967
    Abstract: A member for a horological movement including an oscillating mass, for example a balance, a flexible guide including at least two main flexible blades connecting a movable support to the oscillating mass to enable the oscillating mass to make a rotary movement about a virtual pivot, wherein the regulating member includes an elastic device for compensating for the temperature arranged so as to connect the movable support to a securing device for securing the regulating member on the horological movement, the elastic compensation device being configured to adapt its stiffness according to the temperature in order to compensate for the effect of temperature on the regulating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni DI DOMENICO, Baptiste HINAUX, Mohammad Hussein KAHROBAIYAN, Jean-Luc HELFER, Pascal WINKLER
  • Publication number: 20240027966
    Abstract: A regulating member (1) for a horological movement including an oscillating weight, for example a balance, and a balance spring including a flexible strip (2) wound about itself in a plurality of turns, the strip (2) having a predefined rigidity to allow the oscillating weight to undergo a rotary oscillatory motion, the strip (2) including an outer end (9), wherein the regulating member (1, 10) includes a temperature-compensating resilient device configured to adapt the stiffness thereof as a function of the temperature to compensate for the effect of temperature on the regulating member (1, 10), the resilient device including a resilient element (5) connecting the outer end (9) to a first support (7) that is stationary relative to the horological movement, as well as preloading means (6) for applying a variable force or torque to the resilient element (5) as a function of the temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2023
    Publication date: January 25, 2024
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni DI DOMENICO, Baptiste HINAUX, Mohammad Hussein KAHROBAIYAN, Jean-Luc HELFER, Pascal WINKLER
  • Patent number: 11822294
    Abstract: A timepiece movement includes a magnetic escapement formed of a magnetic escape wheel with an annular magnetized structure and a pallet fork whose shaft is formed by a ferromagnetic material. The pallet shaft exerts on the escape wheel a magnetic disturbance torque due to the fact that the annular magnetized structure exhibits an angular variation of at least one defining physical parameter thereof, such that the magnetic attraction varies as a function of the angular position of the escape wheel and has a tangential component. A magnetic compensation pin is incorporated in the timepiece movement, this magnetic compensation pin being arranged such that the second magnetic disturbance torque that it exerts on the escape wheel exhibits an angular phase shift relative to the first magnetic disturbance torque generated by the pallet shaft, so as to compensate largely for this first magnetic disturbance torque.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni Di Domenico, Marc Stranczl, Benoit Legeret, Rene Piguet
  • Publication number: 20230367263
    Abstract: A flexible guide assembly (10) including a fixed support (22) and three flexible guides arranged in series, the first flexible guide including a first movable element (23) relative to the fixed support (22), a first pair of uncrossed flexible blades (26, 27) connected to the first movable element (23), the second flexible guide including a second movable element (24) relative to the first movable element (23), a second pair of uncrossed flexible blades (28, 29) connecting the second movable element (24) to the first movable element (23), the third flexible guide including a third movable element (25) and a third pair of uncrossed flexible blades (31, 32) connecting the third movable element (25) to the second movable element (24), the third movable element (25) forming a balance or a balance support of the rotary resonator mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2023
    Publication date: November 16, 2023
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Mohammad Hussein KAHROBAIYAN, Gianni DI DOMENICO
  • Patent number: 11809137
    Abstract: A balance for timepieces includes a rim, a hub, and at least one arm connecting the hub to the rim. At least one portion of the balance is made of an at least partially amorphous metal alloy. The at least partially amorphous metal alloy is based on an element chosen from the group consisting of platinum, zirconium and titanium, and has a coefficient of thermal expansion comprised between 7 ppm/° C. and 12 ppm/° C. The balance can be manufactured by moulding. A resonator can include such a balance and a monocrystalline quartz balance spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Alexandre Haemmerli, Francois Gueissaz, Jean-Claude Martin, Lionel Paratte, Yves Winkler, Gianni Di Domenico, Pascal Winkler, Jean-Luc Helfer, Lionel Tombez, Baptiste Hinaux, Donald William Corson, Michel Willemin
  • Patent number: 11789407
    Abstract: A device (10) for guiding a pivoting mass in rotary pivoting, in particular for a horological movement comprising, arranged in series substantially in the same plane, a first support (2), a first pair of uncrossed strips (5, 6), a second support (3), a pair of crossed strips (7, 8), and a third support (4), the pair of uncrossed strips including, a first (5) and a second (6) flexible strip connecting the first support (2) to the second support (3) without crossing each other, the pair of crossed strips including a third (7) and a fourth (8) flexible strip connecting the second support (3) to the third support (4), the third (7) and fourth (8) flexible strips crossing each other between the second (3) and the third (4) support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Mohammad Hussein Kahrobaiyan, Gianni Di Domenico
  • Patent number: 11714386
    Abstract: An inertial mass with adjustment of inertia and/or unbalance for a horological resonator, including a plurality of mobiles for adjusting inertia and/or unbalance, toothed or fluted, each mounted pivotably about a mobile axis with respect to a flange that the inertial mass includes, and with a centre of mass off-centre with respect to this mobile axis, each mobile cooperating by meshing with an inertia and/or unbalance adjustment crown, toothed or fluted, under a permanent constraint exerted by an elastic return force exerted by the crown and/or the mobile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Lionel Paratte, Gianni Di Domenico
  • Patent number: 11675312
    Abstract: Timepiece regulator comprising a detached lever escapement mechanism, and a resonator with a quality factor Q including an inertia element including an impulse pin cooperating with a fork of the lever, subjected to the return force of two flexible strips attached to the plate, defining a virtual pivot having a main axis (DP), the lever pivoting about a secondary axis (DS), and the lift angle (?) of the resonator, during which the impulse pin is in contact with the fork, is less than 10°, and the ratio IB/IA between the inertia IB of the inertia element with respect to the main axis (DP) and the inertia IA of the lever with respect to the secondary axis (DS) is greater than 2Q·?2/(0.1·?·?2), where ? is the lift angle of the lever corresponding to the maximum angular travel of the fork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2023
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Pascal Winkler, Jean-Luc Helfer, Gianni Di Domenico
  • Publication number: 20230176522
    Abstract: A horological resonator mechanism, including a structure carrying, via a flexible suspension, an anchor unit from which is suspended an inertial element oscillating about a pivot axis extending in a first direction Z, in a first degree of rotational freedom RZ, under the effect of the return forces of a flexure pivot including longitudinal elastic strips, each fixed to the inertial element and to the anchor unit, the flexible suspension allowing the anchor unit to move in five degrees of freedom, this resonator is a composite assembly made of at least two different materials, on the one hand for the flexure pivot, and on the other hand for the flexible suspension.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2022
    Publication date: June 8, 2023
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni DI DOMENICO, Mohammad Hussein KAHROBAIYAN, Dominique LECHOT, Pascal WINKLER
  • Patent number: 11644797
    Abstract: Inertia mobile component (1) for a horological resonator (100), oscillating about an axis of oscillation (D1), and including at least one magnetic area (10), the total resultant magnetic moment of all of the magnetic areas (10), included in the inertia mobile component (1), is aligned in the direction of the axis of oscillation (D1), this inertia mobile component (1) bearing at least one magnetic compensating element (4), the magnetisation component thereof in a direction perpendicular to the axis of oscillation (D1) can be adjusted in order to obtain a total resultant magnetic moment that is aligned in the direction of the axis of oscillation (D1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Develonment Ltd
    Inventors: Gianni Di Domenico, Jérôme Favre, Olivier Matthey, Dominique Lechot, Baptiste Hinaux, Laurent Nagy, Jean-Claude Martin
  • Patent number: 11640140
    Abstract: A process for producing a metal alloy balance wheel by molding includes a) making a mold in the negative shape of the balance wheel; b) obtaining a metal alloy that has a thermal expansion coefficient of less than 25 ppm/° C. and is able to be in an at least partly amorphous state when it is heated to a temperature between its glass transition temperature and its crystallization temperature; c) putting the metal alloy into the mold, the metal alloy being heated to a temperature between its glass transition temperature and its crystallization temperature so as to be hot-molded and to form a balance wheel; d) cooling the metal alloy to obtain a balance wheel made of the metal alloy; and e) releasing the balance wheel obtained in step d) from its mold. The process also includes a step for over-molding flexible centering components in the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2023
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Alexandre Haemmerli, Francois Gueissaz, Jean-Claude Martin, Lionel Paratte, Yves Winkler, Gianni Di Domenico, Pascal Winkler, Jean-Luc Helfer, Lionel Tombez, Baptiste Hinaux, Donald William Corson, Michel Willemin
  • Patent number: 11619909
    Abstract: Timepiece regulator (300) comprising a detached lever (7) escapement mechanism (200), and a resonator (100) including an inertia element (2), which includes an impulse pin (6) cooperating with a fork (8) of the lever (7), and which is subjected to the action of elastic return means (3) fixed to the plate (1) and is arranged to cooperate indirectly with an escape wheel set (4), this resonator (100) is a resonator with a virtual pivot rotating about a main direction (DP), with a flexure bearing returned by flexible strips (5) attached to the plate (1), defining a virtual pivot having a main axis (DP), the resonator (100) is attached to an elastic suspension strip (9) attached to the plate (1), allowing displacement in the main direction (DP), the plate (1) comprising shock absorber stops (11, 12), in the main direction (DP), cooperating with at least one stiff element of the inertial element (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Pascal Winkler, Jean-Luc Helfer, Gianni Di Domenico